Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hawaii cost breakdown

So while I was redeeming all of my points and miles for this trip, I got curious how much I was actually saving. So I looked up how much the hotels and flights were to compare prices. CRAZY. The list below doesn't include food. Just the main stuff that we had to book ahead of time before the trip.

 Product: What I
Actual Cost:
Delta SLC to HNL
(Gold Delta Skymiles Visa)
$0.00  $1,004.00
Delta Baggage Fee $50.00 $50.00
Holiday Inn BeachComber
(IHG Rewards Club Mastercard)
(2 nights)
$0.00 $435.00
Parking Fee $60.00 $70.00
Discount Hawaii Car Rental with Advantage
(Reimbursed with Capital One Venture Rewards)
$0.00 $95.21
Hyatt Place in Waikiki
(Hyatt Visa)
(1 night)
$0.00 $195.00
Hyatt Place Parking Fee $25.00 $25.00
Delta (Hawaiian Airlines) HNL to OGG
(Gold Delta Skymiles Visa)
$0.00 $206.00
Flight Luggage $30.00 $30.00
Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport
(Marriott Rewards Visa)
(1 night)
$0.00 $249.00
Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport Parking Fee $10.00 $10.00
Discount Hawaii Car Rental with Alamo
(Reimbursed with Capital One Venture Rewards)
$0.00 $93.85
Polynesian Cultural Center $260.00 $260.00
Hyatt Regency in Maui
(Hyatt Visa)
(1 night)
$0.00 $289.00
Hyatt Regency Parking Fee $16.00 $16.00
Hyatt Regency Resort Fee $30.00 $30.00
Hawaiian Airlines OGG to KOA
(Reimbursed with Capital One Venture Rewards)
$0.00 $200.00
Flight Luggage $30.00 $30.00
Discount Hawaii Car Rental with Dollar
(Reimbursed with Capital One Venture Rewards)
$0.00 $197.25
(Citi AAdvantage Mastercard)
$0.00 $678.00
Flight Luggage $50.00 $50.00
Total: $561.00 $4,213.31

I could've saved a lot more if we had done carryons instead of checking our luggage. But I've never been a light packer, and traveling with a child is still sort of new to me. So I wasn't taking any chances. But if we were light packers, we could've saved $160. Shoot. That's a lot of money.

It was sort of funny, when we spoke with the employees at the front desks of these hotels.
"So you're staying here for 1 night?"
But to be honest, I loved hotel hopping to see what they all have to offer!

Everything I've learned about credit cards, I've learned from my friend Amanda, and from World Wanderlusting. Traveling for free is possible!! And if you are responsible (aka a control freak about money), then you should be signing up for these perks that credit cards are offering!


  1. i'm so proud and happy!! :)
    please tell me you don't still have your delta amex and/or aa card because if you do, bags for those legs would have been free!!! :-/ alas, way to go! that's so awesome!!!

    1. I don't have them. :( The annual fee would've cost I guess it's okay!